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tank set-up question

Post by Jamilw1989 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:19 pm

Hey Gerwin.
I am going to be setting up a small tank for my two year old nephew and his house is on well water is there anything i need to do to that water once i have it in the tank or do i not have to add start right because it's not city water? :?: i am not to sure. the water doesn't have all that junk that city water does but I just want to be 100% sure what to do before i set anything up for him.

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Re: tank set-up question

Post by Doug » Sat Apr 09, 2011 8:45 pm

Well water is usually softer than city water. Great for some fish-- tetras, for one-- not so much for others (livebearers, for example). Get a sample and let Ger test it for you to see what's up. Gearing the tank towards the natural characteristics of the water source may be the way to go.

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Post by Jamilw1989 » Sat Apr 09, 2011 9:01 pm

ok will do thanks Doug

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Re: tank set-up question

Post by Gerwin » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:25 am

even more imp[important is teach him and the family , about patience and over feeding :thumbup:

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Post by Jamilw1989 » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:12 pm

Gerwin wrote:even more imp[important is teach him and the family , about patience and over feeding :thumbup:
I was planning on dropping a five day feeder in there i will be staying at there place two days a week and i didn't want them to worry about over feeding or anything like that. i have a tone of baby guppies and mickey platies i was going to give him a couple.

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Re: tank set-up question

Post by Doug » Sun Apr 10, 2011 10:34 pm

Jamilw1989 wrote:I was planning on dropping a five day feeder in there i will be staying at there place two days a week and i didn't want them to worry about over feeding or anything like that.
The calcium carbonate (plaster of Paris) those feeders are molded out of will affect the pH in a small tank. They're also not designed to be a complete, balanced food source.
i have a tone of baby guppies and mickey platies i was going to give him a couple.
Those would be the livebearers I spoke of that don't do so hot in soft well water.

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Re: tank set-up question

Post by Gerwin » Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:43 am

yeah I am not a fan of 7 day feeders either, better to just put the correct amount in one of those pill boxes, then they open for the day and feed the prescribed amount.

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Post by Jamilw1989 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:11 am

ok will do. what type of fish should i get him them? i want something thats kinda active that swims around a lot give him something to watch and be fascinated with.

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Re: tank set-up question

Post by Gerwin » Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:33 pm

barbs , tetras, danios all fit the bill

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Post by Jamilw1989 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:09 pm

Gerwin wrote:barbs , tetras, danios all fit the bill
Ok, thanks. its a 3 gallon tank i think neons would be my best bet. I need some tetras for my tank too so will see you soon. maybe a week from this coming Thursday.

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Re: tank set-up question

Post by Doug » Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:51 pm

Only three gallons will be difficult to maintain consistent temperature. Among freshwater fish, neons break out with ich easily in less-than-optimal conditions. I'd say danios, barbs, or a hardier tetra like serpae would be better.

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Post by Jamilw1989 » Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:21 pm

Doug wrote:Only three gallons will be difficult to maintain consistent temperature. Among freshwater fish, neons break out with ich easily in less-than-optimal conditions. I'd say danios, barbs, or a hardier tetra like serpae would be better.
ok thanks.

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